Posts tagged with "festival coverage"

RWMFF 2013 Review: Running From Crazy (2013)

Posted by Pam November 12, 2013 0 Comment 3110 views

It’s one thing to be the granddaughter of one of the 20th century’s most well-known authors (Ernest Hemingway), but to also be a member of a family that’s had 7 suicides within just three generations is much more personally staggering. Talk about legacies. Barbara Kopple’s (Harlan County USA and Shut Up and Sing) documentary Running […]

RWMFF 2013 Review: Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey into Global Mental Health

Posted by Brandy Dean November 11, 2013 0 Comment 2502 views

Filmmaker Delaney Ruston has very personal interest in exploring the issues surrounding mental illness and how it’s discussed – her father was mentally ill, ultimately committing suicide and Ruston spent a lifetime with firsthand experience of the ways that is discussed (and not discussed). After exploring that topic in her first film Unlisted: A Story […]

RWMFF 2013 Review: Short Term 12

Posted by Jennifer Reynolds November 10, 2013 0 Comment 2850 views

“At-risk” doesn’t mean “broken” and adulthood doesn’t mean having yourself entirely together all the time. That’s the central theme of Destin Cretton’s 2013 film Short Term 12. Brie Larson stars as Grace, a supervisor at a foster care facility for at-risk teens. The story picks up as one of her charges, Marcus (Keith Stanfield) is […]

RWMFF 2013 Review: Pandi (2013)

Posted by Toyiah Murry November 10, 2013 1 Comment 3401 views

“An edited film reveals fragments of a larger story.” This quote narrated by director Maria-Saroka Ponnambalam effectively captures the aura of her deeply personal documentary Pandi. Mental health issues know no boundaries, allowing Ponnambalam to explore the depths of her uncle Pandi. Home videos and interviews with immediate family members chronicles some of the inner […]

Interview with Jeff Wright of the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival

Posted by Brandy Dean November 4, 2013 2 Comments 4265 views

The 2013 edition of the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival “Changing Perspectives” launches in Toronto on November 11, 2013. Focusing on discussion of mental health and addiction issue, this annual signature event produced by Workman Arts is now in its 10th year. This year’s festival, the largest of its kind, is helmed by new program manager […]

TAD13 Review: Night Giant (2013)

Posted by Jared Bratt October 25, 2013 1 Comment 4272 views

Last year I was unexpectedly hooked-up with an ‘all access-pass’ to the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. That bit of awesomeness resulted in nine films, one film a night, and a finely tuned-routine of vast  alcohol consumption. This year, I’m aiming for a solid/even two entries into the realm of cult, action, horror, and ‘Sci-Fi’, […]

TAD13 Review: The Battery

Posted by Pam October 25, 2013 0 Comment 3290 views

Director/writer/star Jeremy Gardner hasn’t just made a totally solid zombie movie called The Battery. He made it in two weeks for a measly $6,000. I am excessively impressed. Set in a world where zombies roam the earth, professional baseball players Ben and Mickey travel around the countryside together, trying to survive a wide range of […]

TAD13 Review: Eega

Posted by Pam October 23, 2013 2 Comments 17378 views

Wow. I mean, wow! I hadn’t even planned on seeing S.S. Rajamouli’s Eega at the Toronto After Dark 2013 festival, but I’m so very glad that I did. Part Bollywood musical, part Pixar-like bug’s-eye view, part revenge thriller, Eega has the kind of fabulous film genre blending that makes me happy. Nani has been mooning […]

TAD13 Review: Big Ass Spider

Posted by Pam October 22, 2013 0 Comment 4483 views

Part of the Toronto After Dark 2013 Festival, Big Ass Spider from Director Mike Mendez delivers exactly what its title says – a movie about a giant spider. Greg Grunberg plays Alex, an insect exterminator with a heart of gold, being treated for a spider bite in a hospital emergency room. While he’s there, a […]

imagineNATIVE 2013 Review: Mystery Road

Posted by Pam October 18, 2013 0 Comment 3547 views

Australian Director Ivan Sen brought his new film, Mystery Road, to TIFF this past September, and though it was on my list, I simply didn’t get to it. So when I saw that it was opening the 2013 imagineNATIVE festival last night, I jumped at the opportunity to screen it. And I wasn’t disappointed. Mystery […]

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